Throughout November and December The Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University will be delivering a series of FREE public lectures. This year's series is entitled In the News.
This week's topic is 'The psychological toll of the smartphone (and other digital devices) and will be delivered by Dr David Ellis from Lancaster's Psychology department:
There are now more mobile devices in the world than people, with smartphones quickly becoming the gadget of choice. Many of us now spend several hours a day using these devices and for psychologists a smartphone can provide key insights about the individual behind the screen. For example, basic information extracted from a smartphone or wearable device can predict both simple (e.g. age and gender) and complex (e.g. personality) individual differences. On the other hand, while smartphones remain a valuable research tool in their own right, what are the real consequences for people who use these and other digital devices on a daily basis?
This talk will explore the science behind our smartphone use and reveal the tools used to help extract meaningful information from our rapidly evolving digital existence.